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Galaxy Tab 10.1

Galaxy Tab 8.9
Samsung aims for the throat with a pair of new tablets

When it comes to consumer products, it seems as though Apple is always on a quest to make each generation thinner and lighter than the previous. When Apple announced the iPad 2, it slimmed down to a thin 0.34 inches with weight coming in at just 1.33 pounds (Wi-Fi version). 

Samsung isn't about to let Apple hog all the glory when it comes to thin tablets, and that is clearly the case with its new 8.9" and 10.1" Galaxy Tab. Both are 0.33 inches thin, just barely edging out the iPad 2. The tablets are light too, coming in at 1.04 pounds (8.9") and 1.31 pounds (10.1").

Both tablets are running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), but they are saddled with the TouchWiz UX interface, for better or worse.

Both machines feature a 1GHz dual-core processor, dual cameras (3MP rear, 2MP front), 802.11a/b/n, Bluetooth, and a screen resolution of 1280x800. Both tablets will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. Battery capacity is 6000 mAh for the 8.9" model and 6800 mAh for the 10.1" model. 

"The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are remarkable examples of Samsung's constant innovation and show our dedication to designing premium tablets that fit the unique needs of consumers around the world", said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business. "By combining Samsung's innovations in design and display with our exciting new user experience, we've created a new class of products that will lead the tablet market."

Pricing for the 16GB and 32GB 10.1" Wi-Fi models rings in at $499 and $599 respectively -- these models will be available on June 8 according to Engadget. The 16GB and 32GB 8.9" Wi-Fi Galaxy Tabs will be priced at $469 and $569 respectively – no word on availability yet. 

Versions of the 8.9” and 10.1” Galaxy Tab with integrated 3G capabilities will also be available, but pricing hasn't been announced.

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Great Pricing
By omnicronx on 3/22/2011 12:30:19 PM , Rating: 2
If the 10.1" is going to start at 499$, really makes me wonder what the 8.9" will start at.

I'm sure this is what many have been waiting for in an Android tablet as previous price tags have been far too high.

Looks like we finally have a few tablets that can compete with the low end iPad.

RE: Great Pricing
By Brandon Hill on 3/22/2011 12:31:45 PM , Rating: 3
If the 10.1" is going to start at 499$, really makes me wonder what the 8.9" will start at.

DERP! **Scratches head**

RE: Great Pricing
By omnicronx on 3/22/2011 12:33:01 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry, I'm way ahead of you on the face palm..

Completely missed it the first time I read it ;)

RE: Great Pricing
By Mortando on 3/22/2011 12:50:22 PM , Rating: 5
I just wonder if they're going to be thinner than Apple's iPad 2.

RE: Great Pricing
By omnicronx on 3/22/2011 12:52:13 PM , Rating: 4
Both are 0.33 inches thin, just barely edging out the iPad 2.
Well.. I guess I'm not the only one ;)

RE: Great Pricing
By quiksilvr on 3/22/2011 12:58:27 PM , Rating: 4
Wait a minute guys! That isn't the big news here? Honeycomb WITH TOUCHWIZ?! I'm sorry, I'd rather pay $599 and go with the XOOM. Honeycomb was never supposed to be altered with.

RE: Great Pricing
By bah12 on 3/22/2011 1:06:27 PM , Rating: 5
Don't worry though Samsung will keep it up to date with quick releases if there are any issues...oh .. wait.. nvm

RE: Great Pricing
By C0BRA on 3/22/2011 1:26:05 PM , Rating: 2
XDA will have it stripped out before the official release date if I know them. :)

RE: Great Pricing
By invidious on 3/22/2011 1:35:56 PM , Rating: 2
I thought all Android devices have their UI tailored by their respective manufacturers. That being said i have never used any of them. Whats so bad about TouchWiz? How is MotoBLUR better?

RE: Great Pricing
By nafhan on 3/22/2011 3:40:24 PM , Rating: 2
Xoom doesn't have Motoblur.

I think the consensus is that the OEM skins are, at best, no better than generic Android. They're customizing for the sake of differentiation, they don't improve things overall, and they probably slow down the pace of updates - and that's best case scenario. Sometimes the OEM skins and service provider updates actually cause bugs and instability. IMO an Android device has not shipped that would be worse off with generic, straight from Google Android.

RE: Great Pricing
By InfinityzeN on 3/22/2011 3:51:30 PM , Rating: 2
All of the custom UI are bad because they slow down the roll out of updates.

TouchWiz overall has recieved bad ratings (Most hated everything in it), most people don't like it.

MotoBLUR also recieved a lot of bad ratings and Moto came out with lighter weight versions.

Sense recieved the full range (need to have ~ burn in hell), but HTC has been using it for so long that across multiple OS that it is expected.

There are other ones out there, most of which get based even worse than the big three.

RE: Great Pricing
By InfinityzeN on 3/22/2011 3:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
Ack, that is just horrid. Edit needed.

RE: Great Pricing
By Mortando on 3/22/2011 1:16:24 PM , Rating: 5

RE: Great Pricing
By bplewis24 on 3/22/2011 1:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
Great question. I have some other ones though:

1) Will there be more than one version with different sizes and storage capacities?
2) Will they have different pricing for a Wi-fi only model and a 3G/4G capable model?
3) Do we know anything about tentative release dates?
4) Are these going to be stock Google or have any form of Touchwiz?
5) Lastly, how do these compare with a double-rainbow?

C'mon, Mr. Hill, we want details! ;-)

-The other Brandon

RE: Great Pricing
By jvillaro on 3/22/2011 12:47:51 PM , Rating: 2
Supposedly it will start at $469 for the 16gb version

RE: Great Pricing
By jvillaro on 3/22/2011 1:03:42 PM , Rating: 2
Soooo.... theres no edit button.... mmm maybe I should just make fun of my self...
Read you moron read before posting!

RE: Great Pricing
By icanhascpu on 3/23/2011 7:48:15 PM , Rating: 2
I dont blame you. I blame a website that gives us news about TECHNOLOGY having a posting design dating to the early 90s.

Its sort of like going to a website about audio and video compression and all their images are displayed in BMP.

RE: Great Pricing
By miint58 on 3/23/2011 2:40:19 PM , Rating: 2
8.6" 16GB $469 32GB $569

9 and 10 inches? Why?
By KnightBreed on 3/22/2011 12:30:31 PM , Rating: 3
Where's the market for two tablets that are $30 and 1" apart?

RE: 9 and 10 inches? Why?
By dagamer34 on 3/22/2011 12:33:23 PM , Rating: 5
The same market where phones are $0 and 0.3" apart

RE: 9 and 10 inches? Why?
By KnightBreed on 3/22/2011 10:03:57 PM , Rating: 2
3.5 inches to 4.0 is a big difference. 9 to 10 is virtually nothing at all.

RE: 9 and 10 inches? Why?
By icanhascpu on 3/23/2011 7:53:16 PM , Rating: 2
Thats 14% vs. 11%. Not really a big diff vs 'virtually nothing at all'. :|

I think its more to the fact that who the hell would go for the smaller one? It seems rather silly. If they were 60$~ or so apart at the price they are going for, then I can see two markets there. They are too closely priced.

Also, 3.5 vs 4, but no one mentions the resolution. The display on the ip4 is amazingly superior. Id love a droid phone with that screen.

RE: 9 and 10 inches? Why?
By troysavary on 3/22/2011 1:35:46 PM , Rating: 5
My wife says $30 for an extra inch sounds like a good deal.

RE: 9 and 10 inches? Why?
By snakeInTheGrass on 3/22/11, Rating: 0
By hexxthalion on 3/23/2011 6:24:37 AM , Rating: 2
"The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are remarkable examples of Samsung's constant innovation and show our dedication to designing premium tablets that fit the unique needs of consumers around the world"

innovation? what innovation are they talking about? that's a f***g copycat, that's what these products are

RE: LOL!!!!
By Denigrate on 3/23/2011 8:36:50 AM , Rating: 1
Yes, because the iPad wasn't a copy of already existing tablets, just Appleized. Same thing with all of Apple products for that matter. Apple is not an innovator, they are a great marketing machine.

RE: LOL!!!!
By hexxthalion on 3/23/2011 9:39:57 AM , Rating: 2
what? are you out of your mind?

RE: LOL!!!!
By icanhascpu on 3/23/2011 8:00:16 PM , Rating: 2
Im sorry, but what exactly did Apple copy here? The Samsung PR is fully of sh!t, just like Apples, but at least Apple IS on the forefront and making markets where there were none before for other companies to come in and start competition/improving upon products and in turn drives improvements from other companies, benefiting the consumer. Samsung didn't do sh!t.

Apple and Microsoft have been followed around by these companies for the last decade at least. Even Google waited for Apple to open up a large market from virtually nothing. Unless you count the craptastic 'apps' blackberry had. Love apple or hate them, they have been very useful for the technologically inclined consumer.

RE: LOL!!!!
By Alexstarfire on 3/24/2011 1:06:03 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, who the hell heard of a tablet or a smartphone before Apple "invented" them. ;)

They certainly popularized them, but that's it.

RE: LOL!!!!
By lawrance on 3/26/2011 10:32:35 PM , Rating: 2
Wow are you a hater. Please name the "existing tablets" that the iPad copied. I'll make it easy on you. NAME ONE.

There were very clunky, very expensive, windoze based touch screen computers trying to run a full OS which never ran well and never found a market for said failure.

Apple did NOT copy that business model. Apple created a thin, light, (relatively) inexpensive piece of hardware that runs iOS which WAS MADE for touch screen use. Their formula is so different from the former, that you can't simply call it a "copy" of somebody else's design.

The exact same argument can be said for the iPHone. No Apple didn't "invent" the concept of the smartphone, but they DID re-invent it. They defined the 100% touchscreen environment. You haters should be thankful for Apples R&D. There would not be an Android if it were not for Apple. Google had a spy on Apple's board of directors which allowed them to "innovate" i.e. COPY Apples idea as quickly as it was being developed.

Apple IS great at marketing... but they are also great innovators. To claim otherwise makes you look foolish, immature and/or in denial.

Screen technology?
By Solandri on 3/22/2011 3:45:08 PM , Rating: 2
The Samsung Galaxy S phones and 7" Galaxy Tab got high marks for the AMOLED screen. The 10" Tab lost points for using a TFT screen (the iPad uses a much better IPS screen). So what type of screens do their new tablets use?

RE: Screen technology?
By 2kfire on 3/22/2011 11:26:20 PM , Rating: 4
All LCDs are TFT... I assume you're thinking TN, which suck.

These use Samsung's PLS, which will provide brighter images with viewing angles equal to IPS.

RE: Screen technology?
By theapparition on 3/23/2011 9:14:16 AM , Rating: 2
First, the 7" Galaxy tab never had an AMOLED screen.

Second, the verdict is out on "high marks" for AMOLED screens. Reviewers are hit or miss on whether they like or dislike them.

Thin... not that interesting
By nafhan on 3/22/2011 12:46:07 PM , Rating: 4
I said this about the iPad 2 and I'll say it about these. With a device this size, thinness really has diminishing returns (hard to notice) once you start getting past the thickness of the first gen iPad. I'm more interested in weight and having a small bezel.

Step in the right direction
By KoolAidMan1 on 3/22/2011 3:41:16 PM , Rating: 2
Xoom killer

Can I remove TouchWhiz?
By tayb on 3/22/2011 8:08:31 PM , Rating: 2
I am not even remotely interested if I can't remove this stupid speed-killing UI.

Also, I would have to wait until 3.1 or 3.2 because 3.0x is not ready for prime time. Honeycombs has the makings of a good tablet OS but the only decent end result, the Xoom, feels like a beta or even Alpha build of the OS. It's not nearly ready for prime time.

Stylus input.
By VooDooAddict on 3/23/2011 3:03:58 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still waiting for the first of these with solid stylus input.

It amazes me that all these tablets are finger touch and that I need to goto a full and heavy PC style tablet just to get good stylus input.

I'm not asking for perfect handwriting recognition... I just want a light weight simple device with stylus input and note taking capability similar to PDAs from I don't know ... the 90s!!! I don't need full MS Word just to jot down notes and act as a nice PDA. I need something portable with good battery life to take meeting notes and have my schedule/appointments readily available. For now I'll keep using a netbook for that task (as my old Tablet PC is long since dead).... but a stylus input tablet would be an elegant solution.

By JBlongz on 3/24/2011 9:07:07 AM , Rating: 2
Android needs to prove that their BATTERY LIFE will match that of the iPad. That's the main deal-breaker right now. I will not be carrying a deadweight tablet all day after only a few hours of operation. I get no less than 8 hours of heavy use with my iPad, so Samsungs thinness only robs more space for battery in my opinion.

By JBlongz on 3/27/2011 11:15:16 PM , Rating: 2
This is wishful thinking by Samsung. Lets see a WORKING model. There is NO WAY an ADROID device will give 10 HOURS of battery life while THINNER (or equally thin) to the iPAD 2. What would require Android to FURTHER fragment itself to be programmed into the battery cells to perform application power management.

Are there any other engineers who see something wrong with this picture??

By mcnabney on 3/22/2011 12:48:03 PM , Rating: 1
$100 more for just 16GB of additional storage. And I thought Apple was the only rip-off artist.

Based upon that difference, I am guess that there won't be an SD-slot...

By invidious on 3/22/2011 1:01:04 PM , Rating: 1
Any word on card reader or RAM? The old galaxy had a card reader so I imagine this will too.

I was pretty eager to get a wifi Xoom but these offerings spice things up a bit. The big picture stuff seems to be the same. So for $100 more buying the Xoom means you dont have to wait until June.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
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